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AIRLINE PASSENGERS PREVENTING FROM BOARDING PLANE WITH SAMSUNG NOTE 7 PHONES

Two passengers were found carrying two still-in-the-box Samsung Note 7 phones during a routine security check at Tianjin Binhai International Airport on Oct. 29. This is the first time passengers have been found with the phone after Chinese authorities banned the model from airplanes.

Due to many cases of spontaneous combustion, the Civil Aviation Administration of China(CAAC) released a provision on Oct. 26 stating that passengers and staff must not carry Samsung Note 7 phones onto airplanes, or stow them in luggage. The phones also can no longer be delivered by air.

The two passengers found with the phones were bound for Incheon, South Korea, where they intended to return their purchases. After learning about the provision, they agreed to leave their phones with the companion who saw them off.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

CHINA LIKELY TO SEE BIRTH PEAK AT END OF YEAR

China is likely to encounter a peak in births at the end of 2016, one year after the implementation of the country’s two-child policy.

According to Yuan Xin, professor with the Population and Development Institute under Nankai University, many women who currently intend to have a second child are now pregnant. Therefore, the birth peak won’t occur until the end of this year. Vice Minister Wang Pei’an of the National Health and Family Planning Commission remarked that the situation is generally within expectations.

A total of 8.31 million babies were born in the first half of this year, increasing 6.9 percent from the same period last year. Of those babies, 44.6 percent were second children, up 6.7 percent from the year before, Wang added.

With the implementation of the two-child policy, large numbers of eligible families are choosing to have a second baby. As a result, high-risk pregnancies and a shortage of pediatricians are positioned to become new challenges for the country.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)

VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG MING MEETS WITH DELEGATION OF SENIOR DIPLOMATS FROM AFRICA

On October 31, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming met with the 19th delegation of senior diplomats from Africa, who was in China for exchanges at the invitation of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. Both sides exchanged views on China-Africa relations, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, cooperation in international and regional affairs between China and Africa and other topics.

The delegation consists of 24 senior diplomats from the foreign ministries of 22 French-speaking African countries, including Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as such regional organizations as the African Union Commission and Economic Community of Central African States. In addition to Beijing, the delegation will also visit Guangdong Province.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)1

CHINA OFFERS ZIMBABWE 300 WELLS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF

The Chinese government has given Zimbabwe 300 wells to help relieve the latter’s current drought. The drought, caused by El Nino, is the most severe one that has occurred in Zimbabwe since 1992. Distributed across different parts of the country, the wells relieve a pressing and urgent need for water.

Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared a national emergency on Oct. 28, restricting water supplies in urban areas. As a result, the search for water has become a daily routine for locals, some of who spend hours pumping the remaining water from undried rivers, wells and reservoirs. However, unpurified and unsanitary water is a potential threat to the health of citizens.

Currently, only 42 percent of reservoirs in Zimbabwe contain water, 8 percent below the normal level. Meanwhile, the underground water level is also 20 meters lower than average, at 100 meters below the ground. Half of the wells provided by China have already been drilled, and the remaining 150 will be finished soon.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)